Trainfest Ticket *Giveaway*

Many thanks to Trainfest® for sponsoring this giveaway to provide two lucky Lake Country Family Fun readers a free family 4-pack of tickets to Trainfest® this November.  Plus, one grand prize winner will win a family 4-pack of tickets PLUS a Marklin Trainset and Station; retail $119.   

Trainfest® is coming to the Wisconsin State Fair Park in Milwaukee November 9th and 10th. Show hours are: Saturday 9a-5p and Sunday 9a – 4p.

What is Trainfest®?

Trainfest®, a 48 year old tradition, is America’s largest operating model railroad show and it happens only in Milwaukee. Train hobbyists from around the world and families from the region come to see, run, ride, build and learn more about the hobby of model railroading. It is a kid-friendly event for the entire family. Visitors experience more than 70 remarkable huge operating railroads from Z to G scale,  and hobby dealers, artists, historical displays, and hundreds of on-site demonstrations. Trainfest® is sponsored by the Wisconsin Southeastern Division, Inc. of the National Model Railroad Association (NMRA), a non-profit organization and run entirely by volunteers. Trainfest® is held annually on the second full weekend of November. For more information, visit here.

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What is one thing that makes it so special?

Trainfest is the Only Place in North America to See and run This Many Running Model Railroads!

In 2019, we’ve added more space for the new Trainfest Builders Section sponsored by Walthers featuring kid-only model train layouts! This is your opportunity to have fun, learn a bit, run trains, and admire what others have created. Trainfest: It’s why train enthusiasts from around the globe visit Milwaukee every November.

Tell me about the activities.

Kids: Besides the awesome layouts where kids can actually run the trains on display, kids fun includes Make-n-Take activities; an inflatable obstacle challenge for parents and kids to do together (courtesy of Walthers Trains), a train ride by the Milwaukee Light Engineering Society, LEGO Play Areas, and the new Trainfest Builders area for budding model railroad fans. Plus, kids can signup for free to become a Trainfest Junior Engineer. Each level has a number of activities designed to engage kids while at Trainfest. Pro tip: Bring a collapsible kids stool to the event.  We picked ours up at ALDI last year and it helps the little ones see better.

Due to the popularity of the Make-n-Take, online sign up is encouraged. Slots for those 4-8 and those 9+ are available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Activities include a Faller’s Home Town Model to color for just $2 and a Walthers Two-Story House to build for $6. Plus, when you purchase online, you save $1/kit.

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Fans of all ages: This year there are dozens of new complex running model railroads, amazingly detailed train displays, hobby manufacturers, vendors, historical societies, and hundreds of hands-on demonstrations. In total there’s five football fields for train fans.

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What’s New This Year?

Trainfest Builders Launches in 2019! Thanks to Wm. K. Walthers Inc., traditional train layouts will receive a brand new perspective when children ages 5-14, display their personal creative train layouts in the new “Trainfest Builders” Kids Layout Section at Trainfest 2019. All children ages 5-14 are invited to participate at no cost, but must register in advance and be available the whole weekend with an adult. This new designated Kids Layout Section in the Kids’ Zone of Trainfest will feature layouts built by kids ages 5-14. Varying levels of skill and detail are encouraged.

Young modelers can bring their trains and set it up creating an imaginative display with their toys and items made from household items. Older kids will apply their STEAM learnings by creating a model railroad module that links to other modules.

Registration for this program is only open until October 1st!

Tell me about the special celebrations.

Celebrate-a-Railroad: CB&Q, The Burlington Route

Trainfest proudly honors a railroad every year for its contributions to the making of America. This year, the CB&Q railroad is honored. The Burlington Route Historical Society has been hard at work this year combing their archives for display materials on the CB&Q. While at Trainfest®, don’t miss the spectacular 32-panel historical museum-quality display on the railroad. Everyone gets into the act. Operating railroads run CB&Q engines and stock cars.  Manufacturers and hobby shops offer special CB&Q merchandise. Be sure to visit the Trainfest® store for the limited edition Celebrate-a-Railroads cars and collectibles.

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Tell me about ticket prices.

Discounted advanced tickets are available now through 11:59 p.m. Nov. 8 here and at select local hobby shops.

Adults (13 and up)
One day admission – $12 advance; $16 at the door
Two day admission – $17 advance; N/A at the door

Kids (4-12)
One day admission – $4 advance; $6 at the door
Two day admission – $6 advance; N/A at the door

Kids (0-3)
FREE!!! (No ticket needed; must be accompanied by an adult)

Special Admission
Military/Veterans with ID – $8.50 only at door


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Giveaway Time: Win a free family 4-pack of tickets to Trainfest and a Starter Train Set!!

Three lucky Lake Country Family Fun readers will receive a family 4-pack of tickets to Trainfest®! And one will also receive the grand prize of a Marklin Trainset and Station; retail $119.

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To Enter:

Simply enter your name and valid email address in the form below and comment on this Facebook post with a friend’s name whose kiddo loves trains!! *We will contact the winner via the email submitted.

Only one entry per person. Duplicate entries will be deleted. Giveaway starts on October 2nd and ends October 23rd, 2019 at 11:59 pm (CST).

2019 Contest has ended. Congrats to Emily L, Stephanie B and Sarah V!!!


2018 winner!


Other: Entrants must be 18 years or older at the time of entering the giveaway. Entrants must be located in the U.S. The winner will be selected at random and notified via the email that was submitted. Winner must respond within 48 hours to claim their prize, or another winner will be chosen. Only one entry person. Duplicates will be deleted.

Disclosure: Many thanks to Trainfest® for providing the giveaway. See disclosure and privacy policy here.  The winner may be congratulated on Facebook (with the official prize notification going through email). For giveaways that are announced or promoted on Facebook, please note that these promotions are in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

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A Lake Country Kid’s Guide to All Things Train

Fall Festival Guide